February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so what better time than now to better understand the importance of dental care for kids? Children and teens require excellent oral care, just like adults. Part of this care includes good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to your dentist for exams and cleanings.
The Importance of Oral Health Care for Children
Oral health for your child should begin even before their first tooth emerges. It’s important to gently clean their mouth and stimulate their gums, which you can do using a soft, wet washcloth. When your child’s first tooth appears, make sure you visit your Fairfax children’s dentist to ensure their oral health is developing as it should.
Maintaining your child’s oral health paves the way for a healthy mouth when their permanent teeth come in. Without proper oral health care, your child can also develop cavities, gum disease or inflammation, difficulty chewing, and tooth or gum pain. Not only should you practice good oral hygiene habits at home, but your child should also visit a dentist to make sure their oral health is where it needs to be. Your dentist can also identify any risks and make a treatment plan if necessary.
Happy Visits Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Exam
No teeth are too tiny for dental care. As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, we recommend bringing them to our office for a “Happy Visit” to meet our team and take a ride in the dental chair. Happy visits allow your child to get more acquainted with us and the idea of going to the dentist, so when it’s time for their appointment, they will be more comfortable and excited for their visit.
We Love Treating Small Smiles
Our compassionate and gentle children’s dentist Dr. Cerina Fairfax cares for kids of all ages, including teens. We take great pride in being your trusted dental home where your child feels safe and well taken care of.
Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry offers a nurturing, non-judgmental environment where your young ones can receive the best dental care available in a calm and friendly setting. From dietary recommendations to brushing instructions, Dr. Fairfax makes sure each patient has a chance for a brighter smile.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Exam Today!
Our team of dental care professionals has experience and skills you can trust. We offer Fairfax, VA and the surrounding areas comprehensive, gentle dentistry in a comfortable and welcoming environment. To schedule your child’s dental appointment, call us at (703) 273-1033.